It seems that Chief Scout Graham Carr is very busy these days, and we are being linked with another French youngster.
El-Hadji Ba – 20 year-old French midfielder
We expect Newcastle to try to bring in maybe four or five top youngsters this summer, in addition to three “purples”, and it’s hardly surprising that some of them will come from France.
The latest player we are being linked with is defensive midfielder El-Hadji Ba, the 20 year-old six footer who plays in defensive midfield for Le Havre, which is where we got Charles N’Zogbia from in the summer of 2004.
Ba has already played for the French U18,U19 and U20 side and has played over 20 times for the Le Havre first team, since making his debut just over a year ago, and he is of Senegalese descent.
The youngster is already attracting some top Premier League clubs including Tottenham, and Ba made his professional debut on in February of last year in a league game against Guingamp.
The youngster has talked about Paul Pogba as an example of somebody he wants to emulate and Paul was at Manchester United but joined Juventus last year and has already played 27 times for the Italian giants with 5 goals this season.
This is what El-Hadji said:
“Pogba is definitely the one for me to follow in his footsteps at the moment.” “Pogba is doing very well and I’m happy for him to be playing for one of the best teams in the world, Juventus.”
“I want to improve and it’s very good to hear clubs have been scouting me.” “I’d love to play in England one day and if teams have a good enough offer, then Le Havre will let me go”.
We’ll see if Newcastle can get this lad on Tyneside, but it seems some big clubs could be after the very promising young defensive midfielder.
Wonder if Yohan Cabaye knows him? 😀
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